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This committee is on the search for the industry’s best & brightest leaders in their early to mid-careers with the drive and energy to make change.

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Fundamental Leaders of Industrial Construction (FLIC) was initiated in 2018 by the COAA Board as a key element of their strategic goal to assure the sustainability of COAA.

Engagement with younger members is vital in order to attract contemporary perspectives, new ideas and renewed energy into the organization.  It is envisaged that FLIC will serve the needs of individuals with approximately 10 to 15 years of industry experience following graduation from post-secondary training or completion of apprenticeship training. The mission of FLIC is to strengthen COAA and our industry by facilitating the development and continual renewal of a network of early to mid-career individuals who are proud of the work they do and the results they deliver; who are passionate about improving our industry and interested in driving progress collaboratively through COAA. This will be accomplished by:

  • Fostering the development of long-term relationships through the shared goals of committee work, industry advocacy, and networking and peer interaction
  • Creating an environment for learning and leadership development, via formal programming, informal non-proprietary knowledge exchange, and peer to peer mentoring
  • Participating with other COAA members, thus broadening industry perspectives, through committees, events and other initiatives
  • Advocating for our industry and championing important initiatives, particularly where the contemporary perspectives of FLIC members are most relevant
  • Showcasing the initiatives and accomplishments of FLIC at the Best Practices Conference and other events 




Driving a culture of inclusion and belonging in the heavy construction industry.

Evolve the workplace culture regarding mental and physical health by increasing awareness, providing coping mechanisms, and reducing stigmas around accessing resources.

Organizing FLIC events to allow members to connect in person.

Passing of knowledge from previous generations to mitigate risks by transferring information and experience to current and future generation of workers.

Sharing attitudes, values, and beliefs that promote positive behaviours in our industry.

Understanding and exploring innovative energy transition topics, practices, and projects.

Sharing success stories and innovative practices to learn about new technologies that support our industry.

Sharing knowledge on best practices and lessons learned to improve safety at the frontlines.

Sharing knowledge on best practices and lessons learned to improve productivity at the frontlines.

Board Sponsors

Team Leads

Gabriela Urrego TC Energy
Joe Turchyn, Suncor



Lenard Doroshuk – Terrafirma Resources (April 2024)

Jordon Flodell – Caliber Control Systems & Site Resources (March 2024)

Patrick Dardis – Suncor (February 2024)

Carrie Quaschnick – Lorneville (January 2024)

Malak Abraham – Enbridge (September 2023)

Liza Tsimbal – TransAlta (June 2023)

Robin Kudding – Cenovus Energy (May 2023)

Matt Arnold – Pillar Resource Services (April 2023)

Rashmi Rane – Enbridge (March 2023)

Daniel Roberts – TC Energy (February 2023)

Sean Joyce – Syncrude (January 2023)

Olamide Opadokun – TC Energy (December 2022)

Neal Chung – Strike Group (November 2022)

Dustin Thomson – Ledcor (October 2022)

Gabriela Urrego – TC Energy (September 2022

Larry Sondrol – Suncor Energy (June 2022)

Patrick Maillet – Morgan Construction (May 2022)

Garrett Wenckowski – Academy Group of Companies (April 2022)

Joe Turchyn – Suncor Energy (March 2022)

Chris Eveleigh – PCL Industrial Management (February 2022)

Zaida Portes – TC Energy (January 2022)

Ryan Lowe – Enbridge (November 2021)

Jennifer Prystupa & Vicky Liu – TC Energy (October 2021)

John Salazar – TC Energy (September, 2021)

Colin Gulevich & Ben Millis – Ledcor Group (April, 2021)

Bita Malekian – TC Energy (March, 2021)

Merilla Riehl – Husky Energy (February 2021)

Kris Mezaros, P.Eng.  – Capital Power (January 2021)

Syncrude’s Raw Water Project Team (December 2020)

Click here to view the Phase 1 time lapse video of building the intake for the Raw Water Project

Click here to view the Phase 2 time lapse video of the sheet pile removal

Nicki Robertson – Pembina Pipeline Corp. (November 2020)

Justin DeMontarnal – Enbridge Inc. (October 2020)

Ana Villareal – TC Energy (September 2020)

Meghan Thomson & Alexandra Sams – Ledcor (August 2020)

Winifrey Valencia – TC Energy (July 2020)


The COAA Library contains more than 550 documents and resources, including Best Practices documents, Power Point presentations, tools, templates and more! 

The Library contains 30 Best Practices developed by COAA committees over the past two decades. These Best Practices are presented as a ”master” document (PDF format), followed by individual appendices, forms, checklists, etc., which can be accessed or downloaded individually. 


The Construction Owners Association of Alberta recognizes that COAA’s office in Edmonton is located within Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We further acknowledge that what we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations and we are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.